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there is one problem. pork and lots of it. their plan is loaded up with $150 million for fisheries in alaska and $41 million for u.s. military bases including guantanamo bay. you can't get further from the shore than alaska. republicans proposed $24 billion altertive. it proposed $13 billion set aside to propose $13 billion. cut the pork and keep the relief on track. how can they expect to find common ground on the tough stuff. and avoiding the fiscal cliff. it is another sign of the division and dysfunction in washington d.c. where the common sense concerns of main street
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america. ac 360 starts right now. >> if you are looking for tonight's breaking news look out the woindow. much of it nasty. the kind of stuff tieing up travel. tornados out of season and out of the blue in your face. >> my god we need to go. it is right there. we have to hurry up and get past it. >> one view of the storm as it moved throughed alabama area. >> my god look that is a tornado. wow. jesus look at that tornado. my god that is cool.
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jesus please keep your hands on who ever is over there. look at them. that is like two tornados. it is two funnels on the ground. oh lord. look there. wow. oh xgt oh my god look at that. look there is another one it is fix thiing to touch down. we are going to have toged in the bathroom it is coming towards us. in the south like little rock, arkansas they got 9 inches of snow. more than they have seen in 86 years. it is more coming farther north. rarely so much at once. a foot and a half or more in the northeast. it is enough to make you want to
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stay put and watch cnn. we have everything you need to know tonight. starting with alexander steel. who is getting hit the hardest right now. they are not going anywhere. here is a look at the radar picture. the white. heavy rain. but here is where the snow is. it has lifted out. clearing conditions there. but, right along i 90 that is where the heaviest snow is. that rain is going to lift up. washington improving conditions. heavy rain and gusty winds. that is part of the problem with this storm. we are seeing the snow but the winds are so strong. in the last three hours 40 mile per hour wind gusts in new york city. so again, the snow cheering out
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of illinois and indiana but look at what it has left behind. kentucky over four inches and here is what is left of it. up state and new york getting nearly five to nine inches or so. nine to 12 in northern new york and the green and white mount n mountains of new hampshire. >> and of course all anybody wants to know is when can we expect to see the weather improve? >> it is. we are going to watch this move. here is the area of low pressure we are watching. still on the money. here is where that low pressure is overwashington where it is rain but it is boeing to going to the north. much of pennsylvania is clear by 6:00 am.
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throughout the day tomorrow we head toward noon and you can see it lifting toward the south. it finally by thursday night you can see where it is it moves out on friday. there is a storm brewing for new england. so we have to watch that. all right. here is a holiday storm. >> thank you. well, if you are watching tonight, there is a good chance that you are watching after a flight has been delayed. the airline system feels it. holly furfur, cancellations are bad right now and the worst might not be over. 1400 flights have been cancelled
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right now. as the storm heads to new england. tonight into tomorrow, that number may get worse. delays in airports from detroit to new york. in philadelphia through and a half hours. listen to an american airlines pilot had been sitting for five hours. >> it is beyond reproach. >> reporter: according to american airlines the problem they say was that they put safety first and they were worried about desizing the
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plane. so thises going to continue into tomorrow. if you are maning planning on traveling, it is best to call your airport. >> what about the roads? the roads are just as bad. this is indianapolis. an 18 wheeler slid off of an icy road and had to be towed to safety. the pacers cancelled an nba game tonight because they were concerned about people on the roads there. greyhound cancelled most of the
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midwest buses. so it is a mess everywhere. check if you are planning on going somewhere. >> holly, thank you very much. as we have been showing you. there is nothing simple about getting around tonight. now the north east is bearing the brought and we are in syracuse new york tonight. what are the conditions looking like right now? >> it started snowing here and the heavier snow is expected to last four or five hours. what you see behind me is previously accumulated snow. >> a big concern is visibility.
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and also ice. even when we got out of our car we almost slipped in one area. that is why the city has plows throughout the area. now city officials say that syracuse is used to this amount of snow. this is in such a short period of time. thank you for the update. a lot more happening tonight. president obama is rushing back to washington. the question is what kind of reception will he get? >> we have our political
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he had recommended u.s. rep in a letter sharply before he died. with six days before we go off the fiscal cliff. president is flying back to washington tonight unconcern what kind of deal making possibles he will find when we will come back. nor is it clear what kind of deal if any they are will are have to vote on. a lot of digging tonight for dcc's dana bash. >> how likely are we to see a vote and time to avoid going over the cliff? >> it is in part the reason why housep republicans didn't make a decision to bring the house
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back. at this point what they are trying to figure out is whether or not they can find enough republican ares to cross party lines for what the president proposed before he went to who why. focusing on what he campaigned on. it is a big ask to get ten sep at republicans to ask them to cross over. >> so what more do we know then. it is still being crafted and that is the dance that is being down. what do democrats have to put into this.
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is there anything that they can do? voting for the president's plan would ace taxes. perhaps democrats think if they can add the extension of the state tax cut. that is part of the negotiation that is going to go on between the scenes. >> the reason is because they know the reality is, and we have seen it time and time again. congress acts when they are up against the deadline. we are close to it. but it won't be until they are facing the cliff that many will
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say final, uncle. i'll go for this even though i don't think it is the right thing. for the most part. sources think that the most likely scenario is going off the cliff. this is not going to make viewers happengory. it is going to be easier for them to vote for a tax cut than right now, they are voting for a tax in kreets. >> dana, we'll continue to watch it along with you. >> thank you. >> more raw politics now with david girgin and alice stewart. good to see all after you. it seems that democrats are not going to be budge.
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does it seem more likely now that we are headed off the cliff? democrats are are not going to budge. if there was one thing that was clear about what president obama and the democrats campaigned on, was this fall back plan or the small piece of tax cuts being extended for 98% of american families and small businesses. there is a big in the senate sitting there now that the fous could vote on. the house could call a vote on it right now and 98% of america's family could see
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protection of their tax cuts extended. so i think that is a strong position for the democrats. the majority of american people agree that the wealthy can afford to pay people more. >> you believe president and leaders prefer going over the cliff, but republicans do have the option of locking in tax cuts for most americans right now. >> as you said, the president can increase taxes and point the coin fer at the republicans. but we need to have spending cuts. this is not an issue that is going to be resolved with taxes right away.
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the house has issued legislation that would extend the tax cuts and erase the military cuts. but something else that came up, secretary geithner issued a letter today warning the country that we are going to hit the debt ceiling on new year's eve. congress needs to wake up and smell the cau tee that the spending needs to be addressed. >> so david, hard to believe that we are still talking about this. did you see it happening like this? >> is washington so pro den that they can't find a compromise. >> i think the country will get back on track, but it is going to take a prwhile.
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damage has been down. business plans are down. business sentiment is down. we are are going to pay a price. the senate hasn't acted or called back to act on a bill between christmas and new year's for 49 years. i think the prospects are strong that we are going to go over the cliff. the republicans are going to clearly get most of the blame if we go over the cliff on taxes but the republicans have an argument. the president promised us. he would put on the table spending decreases. when you look at the
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republicans, was it a mistake? >> they could have had a more popular message right? >> the truth is they would have been a lot better off taking the deal. it was a better deal all the way around. they missed that moment. but i think the real thing is who pays the price. >> but the people who are boeing to pay the price is americans. it is nuts to be putting us through this. >> all of the focus on tax cuts. but the revenue will barely make a dent in the deficit. is this president has put on the
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table quite an extraordinary amount of spending cuts to the shagrin of democrats i might add let's remember that this president has never walked away from the bargaining table. republicans will get the blame but does that mean that we shouldn't try? >> no. americans are the ones that are going to be hurt if the middle class families. there is a bill where the house could pass it to protect the majority of america's middle class families.
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which is a worse fate or voting to increase taxes on wealthy americans. they can come back and cut taxes in the new year and look good. >> it is not what looks worse. it is what is worse for the american people? >> doesn't that seem to be what they are worried about? >> to your point about tax increases, what we are looking at now, it is like a mortal wound gushing out of our chest. they come along and put a ban dade on our forehead. we need to not just raise taxes. if we give the president every tax increase that he wants.
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we need to address the spending. >> and the president has addressed that. no one is saying that there should be no spending cuts. >> ultimately. we have to find a bring here to get across. what are the ways we can agree on that will help us through that. i would would brry if we get do our fox holes and shoot across at each other. you know our international reputation is going to suffer. every other country in the world and watching this is going to say is america prepared to leave? >> you can't trust these guys, they are not up to it. >> if the nation slides into a
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resocial. i think the republicans will pay the biggest price in the beginning. the president so far has the fact is the republicans have been losing the message war on that. for its own sake it need to listen to the right of center not the nar right. right now, it has to act as if look, the country's needs come first. what do we need to do some protect the country's welfare. we thought it would come with the event of the eliectionlecti. maybe the colticions can say hey we are above this.
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>> if i -- as a mother, this whole scenario takes it tougher to show your children how adults act. i don't want to show them how washington is acting. my sdaer and son are getting better at economist mass. lr all right nice to see you all. >> late developments as well concerning the health of america's 44th president. he has been in the hospital for weeks and dr. sanjay gupta is here to explain what is going on. ♪ ♪
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former president george hw bush except christmas in the hospital. is he has since developed a fever and has been in the icu since sunday. sanjay, we learned he is in the icu.
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what are the complications here. typically bronchitis is treated. but you know, someone like you and me is a pretty easy thing to treat. he was on the general care floor and went back to the unit. with the fever. indicates that it was not properly treated the first time around. and both of those things pneumonia, that would be a more serious condition. he's talking to his doctors and
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obviously more importanty shows that he is not using a breathing machine right now. and that is a good sign. >> as we said, he has been hospitalized right now for more than a month. >> his spokesman says that he is in a guarded condition. what does that mean. >> guarded is one of these terms that is not a formal medical term flt. this is somewhere in between. that is probably the best way to describe it. when we say they are guarded. we are keeping an eye on several things it could be a lung or kidney function, we don't know what this means.
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it means around the clock monitoring. there are thing that is we are trying to prevent from going in the wrong direction. we are worried enough that there are several different things to keep an eye on. >> they also said he is on a liquid diet. >> some cannot eat solid food. they either don't have appetites. that is how they describe it. the other thing is, they develop a section in and around the airways.
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sometimes it becomes more difficult for them to protect their airways. when they eat something they have a greater risk of as pir rating it. the important thing is to get the calories that he needs to heal. that is the most important thing. >> reappreciate it. thank you very much. >> you got it. >> let's check in on some other top stories. >> randy former south african president nelson mandella is home from the hospital. the 94-year-old is being treated for a lung infection. he has not appeared in public since 2010. >> in a video posted on youtube.
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he says syria's army has deviated from the mission to protect the country. >> the two firefighters who survived the sniper ambush in new york will be upgraded to satisfy tri condition. the two firefighters who were killed will have funerals on sunday and monday. nbc's david gregory may have violated dc's gun laws during "meet the press." he held up a high capacity magazine. the police department is now investigating that. >> thank you very much. up next, big news if you drive a
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more than 16 million people may be covered by the record settlement. 360 has been on this from the beginning. uncovering details that no one else has. back in february drew gri fx uncovered a link. his story fee he toatured a cus who said she is convinced that her brand new lexus surged ahead on its on. >> did yyou think eit was solve?
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>> i believed the government. >> 7,000 miles later on the day after christmas. she said she was pulling into a parking spot when take a listen. the car lerched forward and hit the cement wall in front of us. she strained ligaments in her foot causing massive swelling. >> and you won't drive this again? >> i will not. >> toyota has never concede d that there was a problem. but drew found a document that
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showed in one instance that a problem was discovered. toyota says this has nothing to do with unintended problems. drew first a big question. >> from the beginning the company maintained it doesn't have a problem. certainly nothing wrong with the system. the company said it was three things. operator error as they said was tanya's case. she stepped on the gas instead of the break. >> here is what the officer said in a statement today. this was a difficult decision especially since evaluations have confirmed the safety of the
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si systems. >> so it is a way that the company says we are going to put it behind us and keep the secrets out of the court. >> all right drew, thank you very much. all right just ahead, remembering emily, ana and soes feen. their funerals were the last ones in the newtown tragedy. tonight we remember the mark
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erk this has been a wrenching time. many difficult days lie ahead. there are no adequate words to
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describe it. since the tragedy the town's police officers have worked around the clock. yesterday they got a much needed break. officers stepped in. so that newtown's first responders could have a day off. three little girls who had barely started their lives, we remember them tonight. >> anna green is remembered as a princess who loved people. fiercely. she was known for her singing voice bigger than her size. ♪ come though all mighty king >> her love of singing was evident before she could even
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talk. his 2009 album features a song he wrote about her. she never walked anywhere. according to her family, her mode of transportation was dance. she leaves behind her brother. he was unharmed. her mother writes -- ♪ amen >> josephine grace gay turned 7 before her life was cut short. she was to have a birthday party the day after the shooting with many of her sandy hook classmates. mourners at her funeral were
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encourage encouraged to wear purple in her honor. her parents said sh was autistic and could not speak. she touched the lives of so many around her. they called her spirit indominable. she was ap artist. she would draw them a picture to brighten their day. she was a teacher. >> she was a mentor to her sisters. her laughter was infectious. >> at her funeral, mourners were
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encouraged to wear pink. the family had moved here tom utah because her father had gotten a job caring for newborns. her funeral was held in utah. >> she was an example to her are sisters, to her family and friends and now to the world about fewpurity, innocence, tray and forgiveness. we remember tonight. we will be right back. share everything.
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erk we are days away from new year's eve when anderson and kathy gr are iffin co-host it f
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you. tweet using the hash tag ynnnye or post on facebook. in the meantime. anderson and kathy are gearing up for their big night and here is a preview. we are going to break it down this year. this year the mask is coming off. >> the what is? >> the mask. >> what mask. >> the secrets that you have been keeping. this is the year where you are in a ball in my arms sobbing. >> and that is my 1020. >> i like that image of you. >> i'm going to get it and you
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are going to be clutching me where they are going to be holding each other for safety. we tried to get the monkey from ikea because i'm obsessed with it. >> you must have seen it in the sheerling coat. >> but if that is considered a big booking for the show? >> that is just a taste of what you are going to get. this will be their sixth year together. kathy griffin starts at 10:00 p.m. eastern from times square. all this week we are counting down the top ten stories of 2012. we asked you to vote online. number 10 and number 9 are toasted onlitoast
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ed posts online. number 9. it leaves a lasting image >> tonight we are adding whatever this thing is. it is a piece of equipment. it follows closely in the shall we say suggestive foot steps of the thigh master and shake weight. take a look. hey now. wow. that is not just suggestive. now there is a language barrier of course. this piece of exercise equipment addresses a problem when you want to ride a horts but when you try to mimic the motion you are likely to fall down. ♪
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see problem solved, finally a way to pelvic thrust without falling on the floor. >> it is going to kick your butt. >> that is it. >> you just shake it back and forth. >> actually forget the whole thing by comparison thing. still looks like a saturday n night live sketch. squoo introducing the shake weight commercial dvd. and then some static and then nothing else. >> you can show your friends that it is an actual commercial. >> i'm sorry all i can think of is that time i was playing a game on and


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